After visiting the Jagalchi Market, I was walking along the nearby vendor-festooned alley looking for something seafoody to eat. When you visit a country’s largest fish market, you’ve pretty much gotta eat some seafood. It would be weird if you didn’t.
I eventually found a stand with a few benches set up that had three big vats of stew they were serving up. There were a couple of ladies eating something that looked quite hearty with noodles, so I sat down, pointed at their bowls, and I was off to the races.
The owner of the stand got a bowl, filled it with some noodles, topped it up with stew from one of the bubbling pots, then finished off the bowl with a heaping spoonful of some kind of chili paste, and another spoonful of minced garlic. She added a bit more broth on top, and then handed me the bowl.
Given the proximity to the Jagalchi Market, I had assumed this was going to be a seafood stew of some sort. It was not. My disappointment quickly faded away, however, when I realized how delicious it was.
The stew was filled with huge chunks of ultra-tender beef brisket, blood cake, leeks, and the aforementioned noodles, all in an intensely flavourful, sweat-inducingly spicy broth. It was so good. And for only 4000 won (less than five bucks Canadian), it was a pretty amazing deal.